Participants in the historical project entitled “Hear forgotten voices-the fate of the inhabitants of the Oświęcim area in the first half of the twentieth century” learnt how to digitize and reproduce photos and documents.
This project is addressed to teachers, employees of cultural institutions, day centres, libraries, and local historical associations in the Oświęcim district, and is carried out by the Remembrance Museum of the Land of Oświęcim Residents. The goal is to create a series of exhibitions presenting the fate of the inhabitants of the Oświęcim area.
Before participants move on to the second stage and work independently on organizing the exhibitions, they undergo a series of specialized, free training sessions. The first of these was devoted to issues related to taking and archiving photographs. During the practical classes conducted by Michał Leja from the Nikon Academy, those present at the workshop learnt, among other things, how to prepare documents for digitization, how to prepare the stand and the photographic equipment (including popular smartphones), what equipment settings to use in specific situations, how to set up the lighting and how to process the files in graphic programmes.
In the course of subsequent workshops, participants will learn how to archive and preserve collections (including safe handling of artefacts), become acquainted with methods of conducting audio and video testimonies, and will receive a solid portion of knowledge on good practices during meetings with witnesses of history.
The project involves 18 participants from the following schools and institutions:
- District Complex No. 6 of Prof. Kazimierz Bielenin Vocational and General Education Schools in Brzeszcze,
- School and Kindergarten Complex in Brzeszcze,
- Youth Team of the Voluntary Fire Brigade in Malec,
- Maria Konopnicka Local Government School Complex in Gorzów
- Zator Land Lovers Society
- Rev. Stanisław Konarski High School in Oświęcim
- Kopernik District Complex No. 10 of Mechanical-Electrical Schools in Kęty
- Municipal Centre for Culture, Sports and Recreation in Chełmek.